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Old 11-07-2018, 07:15 AM   #1101  
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I passed the 1200hr mark last month, meet all the other part 135 requirements: night, X-C, IFR, with 70 multi, (short of the 150 - 300 hrs multi requirement I've been seeing for ISR work). I should have 1500 by April. Since I'm over 50 I don't have a lot of time left to fly for the airlines, however, I wanted to pursue ISR work.

Based upon the advice I'm seeing here, am I correct in assuming the best option is still to go to a Regional for a year, or two, get the 1000 SIC, maybe even get the PIC time and then re-apply for ISR?

The one reason why I hesitate is losing my clearance when I leave my present job to go to to the airlines since some companies want you to have it before they will hire you.
If you have little/no interest in the airlines and want to do ISR and have the clearance, apply to ISR.

There are a lot of folks over 50 who do ISR until they hang up the spurs. One thing that would probably help you in the interview is expressing that you have zero ambition to go to the airlines. The ISR companies lose between 30-60% of their pilot group yearly, so having the opportunity to pickup someone from a demographic that tends not to leave the industry may work in your favor.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:08 AM   #1102  
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If you have little/no interest in the airlines and want to do ISR and have the clearance, apply to ISR.

There are a lot of folks over 50 who do ISR until they hang up the spurs. One thing that would probably help you in the interview is expressing that you have zero ambition to go to the airlines. The ISR companies lose between 30-60% of their pilot group yearly, so having the opportunity to pickup someone from a demographic that tends not to leave the industry may work in your favor.

I'm sure this ask been asked previously, but this thread is huge: How realistic is getting this job without the clearence? I've been in the aerial survey industry for a few years now, PIC, solo pilot, all that stuff, and want more money.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:03 AM   #1103  
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I'm sure this ask been asked previously, but this thread is huge: How realistic is getting this job without the clearence? I've been in the aerial survey industry for a few years now, PIC, solo pilot, all that stuff, and want more money.
Its not nearly as hard as it used to be, especially if you have some king air time. The ISR operators are hurting for pilots like everyone else. Throw an app in and see what happens.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:20 PM   #1104  
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I'm sure this ask been asked previously, but this thread is huge: How realistic is getting this job without the clearence? I've been in the aerial survey industry for a few years now, PIC, solo pilot, all that stuff, and want more money.
Don't know about all the companies, but L3 will not pay for it if you're applying as an SIC. If you're hired as a PIC they might sponsor it but YOU will pay for it in the form of a significantly reduced salary. That being said, that information is 6 months old.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:00 PM   #1105  
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their information on this thread. Here's a question I haven't seen yet- have any of the ISRs ever hired anyone over age 65?
Yes, I am ex-military so I think I know what I'm getting in to. Although my TS expired many years ago, I'm hopeful it won't be a problem.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:42 AM   #1106  
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their information on this thread. Here's a question I haven't seen yet- have any of the ISRs ever hired anyone over age 65?
Yes, I am ex-military so I think I know what I'm getting in to. Although my TS expired many years ago, I'm hopeful it won't be a problem.
Thanks in advance.
MAG hires over 65.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:06 AM   #1107  
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their information on this thread. Here's a question I haven't seen yet- have any of the ISRs ever hired anyone over age 65?
Dynamic does as well.


"I'm sure this ask been asked previously, but this thread is huge: How realistic is getting this job without the clearence?"

Pretty easily. As KA350 said every year folks leave so hiring seems to be constantly open. I was hired without a clearance and only waited 3mo for the interim.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:51 AM   #1108  
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their information on this thread. Here's a question I haven't seen yet- have any of the ISRs ever hired anyone over age 65?
Yes, I am ex-military so I think I know what I'm getting in to. Although my TS expired many years ago, I'm hopeful it won't be a problem.
Thanks in advance.
Its possibly but it depends on the limitations in the specific contract won by the company.

I know of a guy who retired from AA then went MAG.
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